Yesterday I recieved some wonderful information. For the past couple of weeks I have been working with a guidance counselor at University of Phoenix. I've decided to get the ball rolling on my education and finally finish up my degrees. I have been approved for all my financial aid and will be starting school July 12th.
As I wrote about before, I was very torn on two career paths. Elementary school teacher or lactation consultant. Both of which I'm very very passionate about. After much research into lactation consultant, I realized in order to ever do that my best bet would be to have a degree. There are much higher chances of getting into the industry and becoming a ceritified LC once I obtained that. I mauled over my options and decided I needed to follow the calling I've had longest. (Cheesy right?!) Teaching has always been a passion and at times in my life, the only thing standing between me and teaching was that darn degree. I was either interested in pursuing other adventures or just too lazy to put in the years. Now after actually pursuing my greater adventures and finding happiness, I am ready to stop my nonsense and buckle down.
Teaching here I come. My goal is as follows. After finishing my Associates in approximately one year, I can begin work at a preschool so I will then be working in my field of interest. About a year and a half later, depending how quickly I work (or how slowly I work for that matter) I will have my Bachelors Degree. Then it's off to getting my credentials and finishing up my Master's. I'm really reveling in delight to think that by the time Mini DH is ready for Kindergarden, I can hopefully be teaching. I know by then we will most likely have more children (God willing) but to know that I can have the same schedule as my school aged children gives me comfort. Comfort knowing that daycare won't have to be an option, I hope. I can have the joy of holding a career but be a stay at home mother at the same time. And hopefully continue to be our children's primary teaching source. Even though let's face it, us parents only have those first few years before school starts to be the primary educator. Then all the outside world influence drains in...
If, after 20 or 30 years I decide I'd like a break from teaching (which I don't forsee happening) than I can apply to become a certified lactation consultant since I will already have much of the prerequisites knocked out. Even if I never become a certified LC, my dream would be to help educate woman and families on the benefits of breastfeeding. To share the struggles, obstacles, and perserverance it takes to make it through to the amazing bonding stage.
Today I have my first class online which is just a three day workshop for student orientation. I am so excited I'm bursting with joy. Doc Handsome has been so supportive and "quite impressed" as he put it by my endeavors to get enrolled. I don't think God could have given me a better partner.
Thanks to all my lovely family and friends who have given me advice, support, and knowledge to get to this point in my life.